Manure-to-Energy Initiative

October 31, 2016


Manure to Energy projects in the Delmarva Peninsula. Photos courtesy of Dan McNutt. 

Project Summary

The goal of the Manure to Energy Initiative (M2E) was to develop and vet options for poultry farmers to increase their net revenue and reduce sediment and nutrient movement to local waters and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The M2E Initiative consisted of five demonstration projects that employed different hybrid gasification technologies at farm-scale to convert poultry litter to heat and/or electrical energy. Three demonstration projects were identified in the Delmarva Peninsula, one each in DE, MD and VA. One project took place in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and the other in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Three demonstration projects produced heat, and two produced heat and electricity.


Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Farm Pilot Project Coordination Inc., University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, Lancaster County Conservation District, and Sustainable Chesapeake.


M2E took place in the Mid-Atlantic States under partnership funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and EPA,  and an USDA Conservation Innovation Grant, with matching funds from the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network  and participating farmers and technology vendors.  

 Related Documents

♦ Summary of Manure-to-Energy Initiative Interviews with Project Farmers

♦ Manure to Energy Initiative: Financing Inventory for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

♦ Program Related Investments: Financing Opportunities for Water Quality Projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed